The U.S. Border Patrol reported Monday that agents in Montana took a man into custody last month who was on the run for more nearly 30 years. The arrest happened on April 15, after agents were advised of a possible illegal entry into the United States from Canada near Rexford, Montana.
On the night of April 14, two suspicious men were seen emerging from trees at an area about a quarter mile from the United States/Canada border. In the early morning hours of April 15, agents approached the two men and asked what they were doing in such a remote area. After questioning it was determined that both men had entered the U.S. illegally. One of the men was a Canadian citizen who was processed for removal, the other man was identified as Jacob Moritz, a U.S. citizen with an outstanding arrest warrant out of New York.
Agents turned Moritz over to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and he was eventually turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
The warrant stemmed from a 1989 indictment charging Moritz and others with various counts related to the large scale smuggling of marijuana, hashish and heroin. According to the indictment, the defendants used a freighter ship to smuggle large quantities of drugs from all over the globe between 1970 and 1989. At the time of the indictment, Moritz fled the country.
“This is another excellent example of our agents doing their job to protect our country from those that are here to conduct illegal activities,” Patrol Agent in Charge Paul Farmer stated in a release Monday. “It should also be known that Mr. Moritz was uncooperative during questioning, however, that will never stop us from finding out who you are or what you have done in your past. If that includes conducting criminal activities 30 years ago, you will be turned over to the proper authorities and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”